Boeing has opened a new aircraft spare parts and chemicals distribution centre near Brisbane Airport.
The facility at Murarrie is the aerospace giant’s largest in the APAC region – three times bigger than its previous two distribution facilities combined.
Boeing said it would accelerate deliveries to the commercial, business, general aviation, helicopter and defence markets.
According to Boeing, the new centre also features the company’s only east coast ambient temperature chamber and large-scale freezer for storing chemicals, adhesives and sealants.
This is expected to eliminate the need for customers to store and maintain the correct inventory levels of highly-sensitive items.
“This centre, which holds a larger local inventory of high-demand products and the ability to quickly receipt and dispatch critical parts, will better protect our customers against global supply chain interruptions,” said Dr Brendan Nelson, president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
“By enhancing Australia’s sovereign aviation capability, we’re helping safeguard our customers’ operations and building much-needed capacity and resilience into our industry.”
The Boeing Brisbane Distribution Centre houses both the Brisbane operations of Boeing Distribution Australia Pty Ltd and Boeing Distribution Services Inc, which together are expected to deliver platform agnostic integrated supply chain solutions.
Virgin Australia’s general manager of engineering operations, Darren Dunbier, said the facility would improve transportation efficiencies, given its proximity to the airline’s critical maintenance facilities at Brisbane Airport.
“As a proud Queensland-based airline, we welcome Boeing’s significant investment in a modern facility in our home state, which will enable us to service our existing aircraft with even greater efficiency and support our expanding fleet into the future,” he said.
In November, Australian Aviation reported how the federal government awarded a $60 million contract to Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to provide deeper maintenance services to the RAAF’s P-8A Poseidon fleet.
It involved delivering major maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) work and spiral upgrades, including developing digital sustainment capability at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
The work is to be delivered over the life of the P-8A Poseidon fleet, tipped to provide new opportunities for the local supply chain while upskilling the broader defence and aerospace industry.
BDA is scheduled to deliver deeper maintenance services on the first RAAF P-8A Poseidon in July 2022, following six years of service.